Coronavirus / COVID - 19 update for the VCSE Organisations 6th April 2020

Halton and St Helens VCA

If you need a contact for our volunteering portal and volunteering during the Covid-19 response across both Boroughs it’s Claire Redford-Kerr

If you need a contact for the Covid-19 response in St Helens it’s Annie Lawrenson

If you need a contact for the Covid-19 response in Halton it’s Matthew Roberts

You can also contact Sally Yeoman our Chief Officer for issues in both Boroughs. She will also be picking up LCR work with VS6 colleagues

For comms/website and information queries contact  or

Our phones will be temporarily redirected and you will be able to contact us by using our usual numbers 01744 457100 / 01928 592405

Below is the latest news / updates for VCSE organisations in Halton and St Helens 

If you want to find out what is happening with local services take a look on our homepage and we would love to hear about any good news stories just email us at 


HMRC - COVID-19 April Update

Latest updated guidance on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme had been published at the links below.

The employer guidance and guidance for employees have been further updated in line with some of the main queries received from stakeholders. Whilst all the guidance has been refreshed, the main areas to draw your attention to are:

  • the more detailed information on scheme eligibility
  • further information on how to calculate a claim
  • clarification of what constitutes wages.


iCAN Information: NHS asks people to share their coronavirus symptoms to help others

A new Coronavirus Status Checker that will help the NHS coordinate its response and build up additional data on the COVID-19 outbreak has been launched this weekend by Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock.  People with potential coronavirus symptoms are now being asked to complete the status checker and answer a short series of questions which will tell the NHS about their experience.  It is open to anyone in the UK to use on the NHS website and in its initial phase the NHS is particularly keen for anyone who thinks they may be displaying potential coronavirus symptoms, no matter how mild, to complete it. Please see link below:


The information gathered will help the NHS to plan its response to the outbreak, indicating when and where more resources like oxygen, ventilators and additional staff might be needed and will provide valuable insight into the development and progression 

iCAN Recall: Lidl recalls Alesto Raw Fruit & Nut Bar Cacao & Orange Variant because of undeclared sulphur dioxide

Lidl is recalling Alesto Raw Fruit & Nut Bar Cacao & Orange Variant because it contains sulphur dioxide which is not mentioned on the label. This means the product is a possible health risk for anyone with a sensitivity to sulphur dioxide and/or sulphites.

Product details
Alesto Raw Fruit & Nut Bar Cacao & Orange
Pack size: 35g 
Best before end date: October 2020 
Allergens: Sulphur dioxide and/or sulphites
If you have bought the above product and have a sensitivity to sulphur dioxide and/or sulphites, do not eat it. If customers are making an essential trip to a Lidl store, they can return the item in-store, with or without a receipt. Alternatively, customers can email with a photo of the affected item and the best before date to claim a refund.

If you or somebody you know has been caught out by a scam or fraud please contact one of our specialist officers, Linda or Sue on 0151 511 8785 or 0151 511 8775, who are already working with people in Halton who have lost thousands of pounds to scams.
If you need advice on anything else please contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline  or 0808 223 1133


Home Office

Please find attached the link to NHS Guidelines on Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Translated into 43 different languages 

Click here 


DWP update

Please click here to find a list of homeless organisations and how to contact them should you require to do so during the Coronavirus situation.


If you have volunteering requirements please register them here 

and also encourage people wanting to help out to do that safely by registering here 


If you'd like to sign up for your own copy of the daily update, please follow the link below and sign up for our ebulletin:

Get In Touch

Halton & St Helens VCA 

Halton Office: 01928 592 405
St Maries
Lugsdale Road

St Helens Office: 01744 457100 
2nd Floor Beacon Building
College Street
St Helens
WA10 1TF



Halton & St Helens VCA is an infrastructure organisation that provides advice, information and development support services to voluntary, community, not-for-profit and faith organisations and volunteers in the Boroughs of St Helens and Halton.